Brechin ready for Big Lunch celebration

The Big Lunch in Brechin in 2013.

The Big Lunch in Brechin in 2013.

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Plans are in place for Brechin’s fourth Big Lunch, which will be held in St Ninian’s Square on Sunday, June 7.

The Big Lunch is part of a nationwide get-together for neighbours, aimed at boosting community spirit.

Brechin’s first Big Lunch was organised by the Gardner Memorial Church to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This was then followed by a 2013 lunch with a Coronation theme and last year’s Commonwealth Games themed celebration.

This year, the organisers are inviting the community to ‘Have a Feast with a Gruffalo, with a real Gruffalo invited by the Gardner Memorial Church to come along and join the fun.

Recipes are already being developed for the lunch, and include Scrambled Snake, Owl Ice Cream and Roast Fox but Gruffalo Crumble looks like being the favourite.

The event will start at 12.30 pm in St Ninian’s Square and all are welcome to attend.

The Big Lunch campaign is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax and ASDA.

Now in its seventh year, the simple idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better.

For those who would like to organise a last minute Big Lunch where they are, or one later in the summer, a free Big Lunch pack can be requested online from www.thebiglunch.com.

The packs, which can also be downloaded from the website, contain invitations, posters, stickers as well as recipes and lots of ideas and information on how to get involved.

All pack materials are undated so communities can have Big Lunches when best suits them if they can’t join in on Sunday, June 7.

For more information, please contact Emma at The Big Lunch in Scotland on emma.smith@thebiglunch.com or on 0141 559 5066.

In 2014, over 4.83 million people took part in Big Lunches across the country, including thousands from Scotland, who held street parties, picnics in the park and community hall gatherings.